Penguin Modern Classics

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1984 by George Orwell

War is peace; Freedom is slavery; Ignorance is strength. So chant the party’s slogan. The year is 1984, Winston Smith lives in London which is part of the country called Oceania. The world is divided into three countries that encompass the entire globe: Oceania, Eurasia, and Eastasia. The leader of Oceania, is the omnipresent Big … Continue reading


Animal Farm by George Orwell

I picked this book up in memory of an animation adaptation of Animal Farm I saw on TV during my teens. I bet most of you who read this entry now, knows how the story of this book goes. And some of you might exclaimed “I read this for my O-level!” like my co-worker does. … Continue reading

A good mooch over the weekend

I am so happy with the books that I got / borrow / steal over the weekend, I thought I made a note here (and tell anyone who is interested?). Midnight Children by Salman Rushdie. Got it at a Charity shop, can’t believe I have it for 50p. Condition : Supernew! Love in the Time of … Continue reading

An affected view of Asia

This book is one of the few I find hard to finish. I think it is my fault. So many times have I start and stop, abandon it over a long weekend and try to pick it up again. Due to my innate tendency to finish a book, I persevered. I took 45 minutes in … Continue reading


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Ratings Defined

0 = Abandon the book after first chapter

1 = Waste of paper, we will see what the environmentalist say about this!

2 = Skip it, read the book if you have got nothing better to do

2.5 = An average book, easily forgettable.

3 = A good read.

3.5 = A good entertaining read, a page-turner

4 = So glad that I read the book, a book with substance and invaluable for future reference

4.5 = So glad that I read the book, would pester everyone to read it, invaluable, I would want to own it and wouldn't mind a second read (something that I seldom do)

5 = The book is so good that I feel like I am on scale 4 and 4.5, and more, it blew me away and lingers on my head for weeks!

Books Read

JoV's bookshelf: read
Hold Tight
The Fault in Our Stars
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
The Thief
Catching Fire
A Tale for the Time Being
Into the Darkest Corner
The Liars' Gospel
Goat Mountain
Strange Weather In Tokyo
Strange Shores
And the Mountains Echoed
Ten White Geese
One Step Too Far
The Innocents
The General: The ordinary man who became one of the bravest prisoners in Guantanamo
White Dog Fell from the Sky
A Virtual Love
The Fall of the Stone City

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Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. - Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)